Wednesday, 31 March 2021 11:32

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The friendly city of Gqeberha in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro will play host to the 2021 SA National Aquatic Championships that double as Olympic and Paralympic Trials, with the action set to start from 7th to 12th April at the Newton Park Swimming Pool.

Chad le Clos will return to the water in the 50, 100, 200m butterfly and the 200m freestyle, with Matthew Sates and Ethan du Preez joining Le Clos in the 50 and 100m butterfly, while Ian Venter will take on the Olympian in the freestyle event.

Venter will also participate in the 50, 100 and 200m backstroke, while Sates takes on the 200 and 400m individual medley, as well as the 100m freestyle.

Ayrton Sweeney and Alaric Basson will battle it out in the 200m breaststroke, with Sweeney also swimming in the 400m individual medley and the 100m freestyle and Basson in the 50 and 100m breaststroke.

Breaststroke specialist Tatjana Schoenmaker, who earned her 3rd consecutive SWAMMY Award for African Female Swimmer of the Year in 2020, will race in the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke as well as the 50m freestyle, with Kaylene Corbett taking on Schoenmaker in the breaststroke events, while also adding the 50m butterfly and the 200m individual medley.

Rebecca Meder will be looking for fast times as she competes in a total of seven races, the 100 and 200m freestyle, the 50 and 100m backstroke, the 50 and 100m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley, while Erin Gallagher takes to the water in the 50 and 100m butterfly and the 50 and 100m freestyle.

Straight from their impressive performances at the SA National Open Water Swimming Championships in March, Leigh McMorran and Catherine van Rensburg will undertake the long-distance 800 and 1500m freestyle races, while McMorran will also swim the 100 and 200m butterfly, the 200 and 400m freestyle as well as the 400m individual medley.

Van Rensburg will also compete in the 200 and 400m individual medley, the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke as well as the 100, 200 and 400m freestyle events.

In the multi-disability category, there will be plenty of action from the likes of Paralympian Alani Ferreira, who will feature in the 50 and 100m breaststroke, the 400m freestyle, the 200m individual medley and the 100m butterfly, while Christian Sadie will add in the 50m freestyle, the 50m butterfly, the 200m individual medley and the 100m backstroke.

Swimming South Africa’s CEO, Shaun Adriaanse, said "It has been a challenging year for our athletes and the country but we have confidence in our swimmers who have a history of rising to the challenge to qualify for the Olympic Games and to compete for the highest honours.

"We wish all participants the best of luck in their quest for A Qualifying Times." concluded Adriaanse.

The SA National Aquatic Championships will begin on Wednesday, 7th April and conclude on Monday, 12th April 2021 with the heats starting at 09h30, while the finals will begin at 18h00 daily.

The staging of this event has been made possible through the support provided by Swimming SA partners, Sport and Recreation South Africa, SASCOC, National Lotteries Commission, Arena and Rand Water.

 

A Qualifying Time Standards:

Men's Standard

Women's Standard

22.01

50 m Freestyle

              24.77

 

48.57

100 m Freestyle

               54.38

 

1:47.02

200 m Freestyle

             1:57.28

 

3:46.78

400 m Freestyle

             4:07.90

 

7:54.31

800 m Freestyle

              8:33.36

 

15:00.99

1500 m Freestyle

              16:32.04

 

53.85

100 m Backstroke

               1:00.25

 

1:57.50

200 m Backstroke

                2:10.39

 

59.93

100 m Breaststroke

                1:07.07

 

2:10.35

200 m Breaststroke

                 2:25.52

 

51.96

100 m Butterfly

                  57.92

 

1:56.48

200 m Butterfly

                 2:08.43

 

1:59.67

200 m Ind. Medley

                 2:12.56

 

4:15.84

400 m Ind. Medley

                 4:38.53